If you think you’ve seen the most unexpected things getting auctioned around the world, then you are in for a surprise! Christie’s has put up a gigantic skeleton of Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) on auction on October 6. This is the largest known T-Rex skeleton in the world.
It is on display at New York’s Rockefeller Center until October 21. The skeleton named Stan, after paleontologist Stan Sacrison, who had originally discovered the fossil in 1987, has 188 of 300 bones.
Stan is 13 feet high, 40 feet long, its longest tooth measures 11 inches and is around 67 million-years-old. He is expected to fetch up to $8 million.
One of the most well-preserved T-Rex skeletons, this one shows pathologies such as puncture wounds to jaws and healed break to the neck vertebra. The mounted skeleton of 188 bones on custom frame comes with additional cast elements and a separate display for the original skull and teeth.
It was excavated by the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research between April 14th to May 7th, 1992 and the additional skeletal remains were excavated between 1993 & 2003.
However, this is not the first time that a dinosaur skeleton is being sold. A complete specimen of a T-Rex named Sue had reportedly sold for $8.36 million in 1997.